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Ray history offers up poignant tales of love in time for Valentine’s Day

By Linda Emley In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to share a couple of Ray County love stories that prove we all love in different ways. In 1841, 18-year-old…

Remembering when a shooting star landed here

By Linda Emley If you ask anyone in Richmond where the nearest airplane is, they’ll tell you it’s at the city park. We all know it’s there but the question…

Club found way to keep folks reading

By Linda Emley While looking over my files, I found one more story about our early libraries that I want to share. The Literary and Civic Improvement Club of Richmond was the…

Woman’s letter sheds light on Camden, county’s oldest house

By Linda Emley Last week I got to spend the day with two Camdenites. Don Rogers and Charles McCorkendale have been collecting information about Camden and Ray County for many…

Not just an Odd Fellow, but one with a long list of accomplishments

By Linda Emley I love reading old newspapers because you never know who or what you’ll find when you turn the page. The following article caught my eye for several…

All aboard! Henrietta to river

By Linda Emley Henrietta was known by many different names before it finally became Henrietta in 1925. At different times it was called Farmville, Henry, Lexington Junction and even the…

Civil War was fresh in Ray’s mind when 1881 history was published

By Linda Emley Many of my stories mention the book, History of Ray County, Mo. – “Carefully Written and Compiled from the Most Authentic Official and Private Sources. St. Louis:…

Old letters window on the times, family life

by Linda Emley After reading Isabella Russell’s letters, I tried to remember when was the last time I wrote a letter. I send e-mails all the time, but that doesn’t…

One thing sure: Ray distiller was wealthy

By Linda Emley Last week while reading a 1920 Richmond Missourian, I ran across an interesting article that reminded me that things are not always as they seem. I’ve been…

World War I left its mark on Ray County, which sent Company G to war

By Linda Emley This is the story of two young boys who were born in Ray County many years ago. Allen B. Moyer was born Sept. 18, 1895, the fifth…